James Harden is seriously considering returning to the Houston Rockets this offseason as a free agent if he decides against a new deal with the Philadelphia 76ers.

Harden and his camp have been openly weighing a return to Houston in recent weeks and months.

Harden requested a trade from the Rockets before the 20-21 season.

Harden signed a two-year, $68.6 million contract with the Sixers, including a player option for 2023-2024 that allows him to re-enter free agency this summer. 

Harden remains drawn to the community, lifestyle and family in Houston. 

The Houston front office would have to evaluate how bringing back Harden would impact their young core of talent of Jalen Green, Jabari Smith and Kevin Porter Jr.